Good news muggles. You’ll soon have three more books from the wizarding world of Harry Potter to read. The site Pottermore announced that three new ebooks from JK Rowling are set to be released next month “intended to supplement the Harry Potter book series.” Each of the three books is a collection of short stories based around Hogwarts and characters from the series.
Power, Politics And Pesky Poltergeists focuses on the origins of Professor Dolores Umbridge, Voldemort and the history of Azkaban prison. Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies is about Minerva McGonagall and Remus Lupin and Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide is about the school itself.
Each book is only about 10,000 words, so they'll will keep you busy for at least an evening. Discuss
A decade and a half after its release, Purpose Driven Life is still getting some high-profile shout-outs.
Last week, Rick Warren’s best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life was Olympian Michael Phelps told ESPN that it helped him during one of the most difficult times in the life. The entire piece on Phelps’ life is worth the watch, but his comments about the impact of the book show just how powerful Warren’s thoughts are, 15 years after they were first published: “It’s turned me into believing there is a power greater than myself and there is a purpose for me on this planet … It helped me when I was in a place where I needed the most help.”
He's not the only celebrity to recently talk about the impact of the book. Christianity Todayposted a piece looking at the long-term impact of the book, and noted that even reality star Kim Kardashian recently revealed that she was a fan. In an interview with US Weekly a few months back, she said that Purpose Driven Life—which was given to her by Kathy Lee Gifford—was one of her three favorite books. (In case you're wondering, she also included Tuesdays With Morrie and Embraced by the Light, which said was a gift from her late father.)
To date, the book has sold more than 40 million copies. Discuss
If you own a copy of the book Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, there’s a chance it could be worth tens of thousands of dollars. How do you know if yours is one of the 500 hardbacks with the rare mistake? Go to page 53, and look at the list of school supplies recommended for incoming Hogwarts students. If “1 wand” is on there twice, you could be sitting on a small fortune (that is, if your copy is still in good condition). As Time and The Independent note, one copy might bring more than $30,000 at an auction this fall.
As an official at Bonhams Fine Books and Manuscripts, who is hosting the auction, explained to The Independent, “Like most enduring books aimed at younger readers, the Harry Potter books also have wide appeal to adults and there is a strong market among collectors for first editions.”
Here’s a look at the passage a Twitter user discovered back in 2014:
This week, author and speaker Shauna Niequist discusses the importance of slowing down, why the idea of ‘efficiency’ is overrated and her new book Present Over Perfect. We’re also joined by a special guest co-host “Science” Mike McHargue, who not only sets us straight on our misconceptions about everything from sleep to narwhals, but also talks about the story behind his upcoming book Finding God in the Waves.
Also the gang unravels the floss conspiracy that’s rocked the dental world and we discuss Chris Pratt praying for people on Twitter and much more. Read More
Pottermania is alive and well. This weekend, the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—a two-part play that picks up where J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series ends—was released in book form. Well, the sales numbers are in. And they’re staggering. Scholastic announced that Cursed Child has already sold more than 2 million copies in North America alone. It’s been out for two days.
Oh, and that doesn’t include e-books (which aren't sold through Scholastic).
It’s already one of the fastest-selling books in history, according to Vulture. But even then, Cursed Child falls far short of the seventh book in the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which sold an absurd 8.3 million copies in 24 hours. (And even got reviewed by none other than Christopher Hitchens.) Discuss